Walbridge woman gets 7 years for attempted rape PDF Print E-mail
Written by By BILL RYAN/Sentinel Staff Writer   
Monday, 25 January 2010 12:45
Stephanie Naugle with her attorney during sentencing. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
Before sentencing Monday morning, Stephanie Naugle hoped for a light sentence; however Judge Reeve Kelsey sentenced the 23-year-old woman to seven years in prison for attempted rape of a minor in June 2008.
He also ordered a $5,000 fine and required her to register as a Tier III sexual offender.
While the judge was in his chambers, Naugle, a Walbridge resident, spoke to family members expressing her hope of receiving only a community control sentence.
Naugle’s attorney, Kurt Bruderly addressed Kelsey and the court first.
He indicated his belief in her ability to seek treatment and to be rehabilitated. He asked for leniency noting her cooperation and role as a “trusty” at the Wood County jail.
Bruderly called Naugle’s husband, Jason, “the real catalyst behind the actions.”
The attorney also noted her role as a mother of two small children and indicated divorce proceedings have begun.
He outlined that his client, though acting voluntarily, was involved in the offenses, in part, to gain the favor of her husband.
Though he admitted Naugle’s actions were wrong, he also indicated the minor, a female under the age of 16, was a willing and voluntary participant with Naugle and her husband.
Both Jason and Stephanie were indicted by a Wood County grand jury in March 2009 of various sexual offenses.
He was sentenced in September to four years in prison for unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. He received a $1,000 fine.
Assistant Wood County prosecuting attorney, Heather Baker, as she indicated at his trial, told Kelsey, it was her belief that Stephanie was “more culpable” than her husband.
Baker told the court that the victim and Naugle were involved in inappropriate actions prior to the husband’s involvement. In fact, Baker indicated the victim may have been under 13 when the offenses began.
Baker said the defendant’s story changed numerous times and called attempting to fix blame to her husband a “story of convenience” raised strictly to try and mitigate the sentence.
“Throughout her time in jail, she has shown no remorse for her actions,” Baker said of Naugle.
A tearful Naugle told Kelsey she was sorry, before the sentencing.
The defendant entered a guilty plea to the amended charge on Dec. 10. The attempted rape charge is a second-degree felony and could carry a maximum sentence of eight years, and a maximum fine of $15,000.
Kelsey followed Baker’s recommendation of seven years. The judge noted the “serious psychological harm” inflicted on the victim.
As part of the plea agreement, the original counts of unlawful sexual conduct and pandering sexually oriented material of a minor were dismissed.
She was given credit for more than 300 days served in jail. Naugle will also face five years of post-release control.
Last Updated on Monday, 25 January 2010 13:28

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